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Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

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When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner-an agnostic by default-finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" The thought of it nags him, and prods him-and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that.

Weiner, a longtime "spiritual voyeur" and inveterate traveler, r
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Twelve (first published 2011)
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Jun 12, 2012 Ceef rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, memoir, humour
I'm pretty conflicted about this book... On one hand, I think that Weiner's authorial voice is both compelling and humourous, as I discovered reading The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World; on the other, I found much of his approach to the material (as well as many of his underlying assumptions) to be simplistic at best and factually incorrect at worst. In his attempts to find "God" through his travels, he somehow manages to uncritically parrot many of wr ...more
May 12, 2012 Jason rated it liked it
As a person who has unabashedly turned away from the “given” religion of my childhood, I am interminably curious about those who not only presume to dedicate their lives to one pervasive thought process, but more specifically those who presume that theirs is the one true answer to the BIG questions and that the rituals of others should be considered silly, if not insane. Why is it completely reasonable to always pray in one direction, while eating a baked good covered in wine as your savior is m ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Feb 10, 2012 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it
Eric Weiner always makes me want to do things after reading his books. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World kickstarted my Iceland obsession, and this book made me want to read more about religion in a broader sense. It may finally be time to wade through Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth.

In Man Seeks God, Weiner explores eight religions through attempts to experience them, not just interviewing people but putting himself through retreats, services
Jun 02, 2015 Jossefin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Бих определила тази книга като пътеводител на религиозния стопаджия. Авторът в никакъв случай не иска да убеди когото и да било в съществуването на (някакъв) бог, освен себе си. Историята е повече като пътепис, и то добре написан, та накратко с тая книга се разходих и по небето и по земята. И почнах да чета Руми :)
Христо Блажев
Човек търси Бог, намира само себе си:

Купих си “Човек търси Бог”, защото съм чувал тонове препоръки за първата издадена у нас книга на Ерик Уайнър – “География на блаженството: Един мърморко търси най-щастливите места на света”. Защо реших да се насоча към другата и аз не знам, един от ония импулсивни моменти в книжарницата, когато просто не можеш да върнеш книгата обратно на рафта. Бързо се усетих, че предстои забавление – но и че не бива да приемам сери
May 06, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
A few years ago, I read Eric Weiner’s book, The Geography of Bliss, in which he traveled the world to find the happiest places on earth. In this book, his search is even more personal. He is looking for “his God.” He chooses eight religions, decides how to focus on each one (living with Franciscan monks, for example, to explore Christianity), and spends time with teachers and practitioners of the various faiths. He finds in them many great similarities, along with the profound differences that w ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Judith rated it did not like it
This should have been an interesting book. I read the author's first book: "The Geography of Bliss" which was delightful and informative. In it, he recounts his research into the countries which are deemed by social scientists to be the happiest places on earth. It was a fascinating look at which cultures promote happiness and it was funny, witty, intelligent and memorable. This book doesn't even come a close second.

I am always interested in spiritual quests and understanding the different (esp
Jan 30, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
Weiner starts out on his quest for the divine after a nurse asks him during a hospital stint "Have you found your god yet?" He then flirts with eight different religions: some mainstream (Catholicism) and others not (Witchcraft and Raelism) in an attempt to fill what Pascal calls his "god-shaped hole" in the human soul.

I didn't think this one was quite as good as Weiner's Geography of Bliss, but I really liked the writing and the honesty and doubt he writes about in each of his explorations wit
Jun 12, 2014 Bandit rated it really liked it
Eric Weiner is on another quest. In his first book he looked for the world's happiest places, now he tackles a more controversial subject of religion. Weiner, the self proclaimed gastronomical Jew of no particular religious leaning goes shopping for religion, which takes him across the globe in order to better get to know different belief systems, eight in this case, from traditional to relatively new and vastly unorthodox. The armchair traveler and the autodidact in me love Weiner's books. Ther ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Molly rated it it was amazing
After enjoying Eric Weiner's Geography of Bliss, my son that I might like this book. Indeed, I like the author's personal exploration of some of the world's religions in his search for God. Although this is not a scholarly adventure, Weiner does impart knowledge about various religions including Sufism, Catholicism, Wicca, Judaism, and others. But, this is also a personal journey, and Weiner's insights about these beliefs as well as his own introspective thoughts about the Divine offer the reade ...more
Jeannie Mancini
Jul 09, 2012 Jeannie Mancini rated it it was amazing
Once again, NPR journalist Eric Weiner, flits around the globe attempting to find the answer to an unanswerable question. In his previous bestseller book The Geography of Bliss, Eric traveled the globe to find where in the world people were the happiest. Here, In Man Seeks God, Eric put himself up against the big one, Religion.

While laying in a hospital bed from a minor malady, Eric was approached by a mysterious nurse who whispered in his ear, "Have you found your God yet"? Immediately alarmed,
May 13, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. Eric Weiner's search for God starts as he is waiting to see a doctor while doubled over with stomach pains. A nurse noticing his pain and fear says to him "What's wrong haven't you found your God?" His pain turns out to be bad gas, but causes him to realize he feels that something is lacking in his life.

So he picks out several religions and gives each a week or so trial. He includes Buddism, Taoism, Catholicism, Judism (especially the Kahabbala-spelled wrong of
Celeste Foley
Nov 14, 2013 Celeste Foley rated it liked it
Having journeyed with Eric Weiner as he pursued the Geography of Bliss, I knew my travel companion for Man Seeks God was a slightly surlier and more cynical fellow quester though Mr. Weiner never embraced his religion of origin while I did inhale only to exhale in my late teens. Mr. Weiner and I both recognize the weakness of our "spiritual but not religious" stance's being a bit too convenient and the fallacy of that liberal lie that all religions are equally true and good. Eric Weiner's first ...more
May 25, 2013 Joey rated it liked it
The subtitle of this book, My Flirtations With the Divine, is very apt, for Weiner doesn't immerse himself into any of the eight faiths he writes about here so much as he tentatively dips a toe into them. This might disappoint some readers, but it works for me because it means less god-watching and more people-watching. The people-watching here is generally top-notch, as Weiner, ever the reporter, explores what makes the various spiritual seekers and religious devotees he meets tick. The most sh ...more
Nancy Andres
Jan 08, 2013 Nancy Andres rated it it was amazing
In Man Seeks God: My Flirtation with the Divine, author Eric Weiner explains, "Since no off-the-shelf spiritual category seems to fit me, I find I must invent one: Confusionist." The memoir, which is slightly reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love, but with many more humorous twists, devotes individual chapters to the author's adventures in learning about religious practices like Sufism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Taoism, Wicca, Shamanism, and Kabbalah. As a journalist for NPR Weiner traveled the world, but ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone curious about religion
This is a very good book about a man who tries out 8 different religions: Sufism (a form of Islam), Buddhism, Franciscan (and order of Catholicism), Raëlism (a UFO-based religion), Taoism, Wicca (a form of paganism), Shamanism, and Kabbalah (a form of Judaism). He does this by traveling to other countries and states and attending seminars, conferences and gatherings. He also interviews leaders in each religion. He learns a lot, and so does the reader. I really liked this book and I learned a lot ...more
Beth Jusino
Jan 27, 2016 Beth Jusino rated it liked it
This was not the book I was looking for...although that doesn't make it a bad book.

Weiner has a thing for travel, and for episodic writing. He does it well, crafting conversations and interesting characters and random bits of trivia. I like his voice.

But when he tackles a great big hairy subject like G/god, things get tricky. Because he's not really examining what different cultures think about a divine being. He's jetting off to 6 or 7 interesting places, and having conversations with a select
Feb 07, 2015 Sibyl rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Just to put this review in context, I didn't like Eat, Pray, Love either. But I did manage to finish that one. Weiner has a faith crisis when he ends up in the hospital and a nurse asks him, "Have you found your God yet?" Um. No. So off he goes, no doubt with a healthy advance, to seek God through investigating 8 different religions. He looks in India, California, Kathmandu, NYC, etc, and talks to a wide variety of people of different faiths; he finds that all of them have some appeal, and all o ...more
Svetlozara Kabaktchieva
Aug 17, 2014 Svetlozara Kabaktchieva rated it really liked it
Ама много ми хареса, много! Още преди да съм дочела "География на блаженството" (което се надявам да направя скоро, когато книгата се завърне при мен), прочетох втората издадена на български книга на Ерик Уайнър "Човек търси Бог" - препоръчвам я на всички, които няма да се възмутят от това, че един човек не знае точно какъв е и пътува от едно свято място до друго, за да "пробва" религиите и да открие тази, която му е по мярка или по вкус. Препоръчвам я и на всички, които ще се засмеят от сърце н ...more
Franchesca Boyer
Apr 07, 2014 Franchesca Boyer rated it it was amazing
Hachette Book Group, 2011, 349 pp., $26.99
ISBN 978-0-53947-0
Man Seeks God
Eric Weiner

“Have you found your God yet?” This is the question that started the wonderfully written non-fiction book, Man Seeks God. The author Eric Weiner had to go to the hospital from severe pain in the abdomen then a nurse came to him and asked those six words that caused Eric Weiner to think and rethink all he had known about religion and his God in this in real time book.

Eric Weiner is someone most of us can relate
Deron White
Apr 27, 2015 Deron White rated it it was ok
I reckon Eric's funnier in person than he is in writing. I like some of the humor, but he bats a pretty low average and tries to make up for it through repeated attempts.

I spent a lot of time in the reading thinking, "well what did you expect," when he inevitably wasn't swept away. I share a lot of the same feeling Eric shared, and I think he's fairly honest - if not always funny - about his own responses to what he experience. I don't always think he's all that open to what he says he's set out
Jan 25, 2016 Evg rated it really liked it
Weiner explores various religions/sects including Sufism, Buddhism, Franciscans, Raelism, Taoism, Wicca, Shamanism, and Kabbalah.
Quotes from this book:
p.245, in the chapter on Franciscans, a quote from Ali ibn Abu talib, the fourth caliph of Islam: "Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that nothing should own you." Weiner adds: "Our experiences can own us just as easily as our stuff, although they do take up less closet space."
p.257: Reference to Martin Gardner, who wrote a "
Alexander Toshev
Feb 01, 2016 Alexander Toshev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Добрината ви трябва да има ръбове, иначе не е никаква добрина."
Jan 25, 2013 StellaR rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
Eric Weiner was confused spiritually and God, he's so confused he decided to learn about few major religions in order to get to know God in perpective of those religions. This is his journey. It's honest, witty, and funny. What I don't get is he seemed to be touching only the surface and not personal or deep enough as this was supposed to be his personal journey looking out for the divine, God or lord of the universe as he said it.
May 03, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it
I picked up this book after reading Weiner's first one, "The Geography of Bliss." I actually found "Man Seeks God" to be better than his other book, maybe because I identified with it more--or perhaps I just found the subject matter more interesting overall.

In this book, Weiner travels the world like he did in "Bliss," only this time it's God he's searching for, not happiness. He takes a look at eight different religions, finding the parts that resonate within him and the pieces that don't, get
Crystal Falconer
Mar 01, 2012 Crystal Falconer rated it it was amazing
I don't usually do non-fiction but this made me laugh out loud and it was a great book to make you think :)

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Dec 31, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it
He remains quite droll, but I found myself feeling just a tad annoyed with his approach to seeking God. We humans want the quick fix and in the manner in which we want it. So, in his search, Weiner travels to "special" places to find the answers in a few easy steps. I have found in my own spiritual search that I must be patient and persistent. As I learn about myself, I learn about what causes me to block the help that comes from something more than myself. When my mind is open and I'm willing t ...more
Juliana Philippa
Dec 12, 2011 Juliana Philippa marked it as to-read
The New York Times - December 10, 2011
"Opinion: Americans: Undecided About God?"
Jul 16, 2012 Sue rated it it was ok
Shelves: sue-s-shelf
It is always interesting to follow along on someone’s spiritual journey in life, although this path is too thin and lacks depth and intuition.
Marianne McKiernan
Jul 02, 2012 Marianne McKiernan rated it really liked it
Entertaining, informative and thought-provoking.
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Eric Weiner is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss, as well as two other books. His latest book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful…Weiner’s best book yet.”

The Geography of Bliss has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. Weiner is the rec
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